Angels & Saints

In J.R.R. Tolkien’s Return of the King (the third in his Lord of the Rings trilogy), the penultimate battle of good against evil in the Third Age, is the great Battle of Pelennor Fields.

The battle would not have been won by the Last Alliance of men, Elves, Dwarf and Hobbits were it not for the Army of the Dead whom Aragorn had summoned from Dunharrow.

Tolkien was a devout Catholic who began each day by attending morning Mass and receiving the Body and Blood of Christ. There is every reason to think that, in fashioning the Army of the Dead, Tolkien had in mind the Heavenly Army of Angels and Saints.

In our time of troubles and dire need, like Aragorn, we also must call on this celestial army to help us. Here are the links to our posts on Angels and Saints. (The word “saint” simply means “holy”.) I recommend that you begin with the first post, Calling on the Army of Angels and Saints,” which lays out the rationale for this page. Posts on human saints are colored blue; those on Angels are colored green.

~Eowyn

Blessed Peter Gonzalez,” April 14, 2014.

 

 

St. John Baptist de la Salle, Educator, Founder and Confessor,” April 7, 2014.

St. Casimir of Poland (1484),” March 4, 2014.

St. Katharine Drexel, a Great American Saint (1858-1955),” March 3, 2014.

St. Agnes of Bohemia (1205-1282),” March 2, 2014.

St. David of Wales,” March 2, 2014.

Blessed Daniel Brottier,” Feb. 28, 2014.

St. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows,” Feb. 27, 2014.

St. Maria Bertilla Boscardin,” Feb. 26, 2014.

Blessed Sebastian of Aparicio, “Angel of Mexico”,” Feb. 25, 2014.

St. Conrad of Placenza,” Feb. 20, 2014.

St. Simeon, Apostle and Martyr,” Feb. 18, 2014.

The Seven Holy Founders of the Servite Order – 13th Century,” Feb. 17, 2014.

St. Daniel, Martyr,” Feb. 16, 2014.

St. Sigfrid of Sweden, Missionary Bishop,” Feb. 15, 2014.

St. Valentine,” Feb. 14, 2014.

St. Catherine dei Ricci,” Feb. 13, 2014.

St. Meletius, Archbishop of Antioch (381 A.D.),” Feb. 12, 2014.

Our Lady of Lourdes,” Feb. 11, 2014.

St. Scholastica (480-542),” Feb. 12, 2014.

St. Apollonia, Virgin and Martyr,” Feb. 9, 2014.

St. Josephine Bakhita (1869-1947),” Feb. 8, 2014.

St. Colette of Corbie (1381-1447),” Feb. 7, 2014.

St. Paul Miki and Companions – The 26 Martyrs of Nagasaki,” Feb. 6, 2014.

St. Agatha, Virgin & Martyr,” Feb. 5, 2014.

St. John de Britto, Priest and Martyr,” Feb. 4, 2014.

St. Blaise, Bishop of Sebastea, Martyr,” Feb. 3, 2014.

St. Joan de Lestonnac (1556-1640),” Feb. 2, 2014.

St. Henry Morse (1595-1645),” Feb. 1, 2014.

St. John Bosco (1815-1888),” Jan. 31, 2014.

St. Mucian Mary Wiaux,” Jan. 30, 2014.

Saints Sarbelius and Barbea,” Jan. 29, 2014.

St. Thomas Aquinas, Doctor of the Church (1225-1274),” Jan. 28, 2014.

St. Angela Merici,” Jan. 27, 2014.

St. Marianne Cope,” Jan. 23, 2014.

St. Volusian,” Jan. 18, 2014.

St. Berard and Companions,” Jan. 16, 2014.

St. Paul the Hermit,” Jan. 15, 2014.

St. Felix of Nola,” Jan. 14, 2014.

St. Hilary of Poitiers, Father of the Church of the West, Doctor of the Church,” Jan. 13, 2014.

St. Marguerite Bourgeoys,” Jan. 12, 2014.

Blessed William Carter,” Jan. 11, 2014.

St. Gregory of Nyssa, Theologian,” Jan. 10, 2014.

St. Adrian of Canterbury, Scholar,” Jan. 9, 2014.

St. Apollinaris of Hierapolis, Bishop,” Jan. 8, 2014.

St. Charles Borromeo, Patron Saint of Catechists and Seminarians,” Nov. 4, 2013.

Whom Shall I Fear [God of Angel Armies] [feat. Chris Tomlin]” Oct. 30, 2013.

Your Guardian Angel’s Day,” Oct. 2, 2013.

The “Little Flower” – St. Therese of the Child Jesus,” Oct. 1, 2013.

A Day of Archangels,” Sept. 29, 2012.

St. Robert Bellarmine and the Declaration of Independence,” Sept. 17, 2013.

St. Augustine and St. Monica,” Aug. 28, 2013.

Mysterious crash-site priest comes forward !,” Aug. 12, 2013.

We have no nurse named Benjamin,” Aug. 11, 2013.

The face of mysterious priest at car wreck,” Aug. 9, 2013.

Edith Stein – now St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross,” Aug. 9, 2013.

A Prayer to our Guardian Angel,” July 30, 2013.

An old dog named Cheyenne ,” July 9, 2013.

Angel over Bardstown police officer’s funeral,” June 13, 2013.

St. Charles Lwanga and Companions,” June 3, 2013.

St. Joan of Arc,” May 30, 2013.

Angel over Florida,” Mar. 17, 2013.

The Devil and St. Cyprian,” Jan. 18, 2013.

Near death, Sen. Mark Kirk saw three Angels,” Jan. 6, 2013.

The Angel who visited a girl with leukemia,” Dec. 24, 2012.

St. Lucy, Virgin and Martyr – Example of Courage and Purity Today,” Dec. 13, 2012.

St. Nicholas, Bishop of Myra (Fourth Century),” Dec. 6, 2012.

St. Andrew Dung-Lac and 116 Companions,” Nov. 24, 2012.

Angel saves woman from horrific car crash,” Nov. 18, 2012.

How we know there are Saints,” Nov. 1, 2012.

All Saints Day, November 1st,” Nov. 1, 2012.

St. Francis of Assisi – Happy Feast Day – October 4th!,” Oct. 4, 2012.

Angel over I-285,” Aug. 7, 2012.

Jesus, remember me,” (St. Dismas), Aug. 3, 2012.

Angel over Aurora,” July 24, 2012.

A saint who understands our troubled times,” July 11, 2012.

And then the Birdies came,” July 8, 2012.

The little girl who became a saint,” July 6, 2012.

The saint whom Christ struck blind,” July 1, 2012.

St. Peter, the Rock,” June 29, 2012.

St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher,” June 22, 2012.

Calling on the Army of Angels and Saints,” June 22, 2012.

Your Guardian Angel’s Day,” October 2, 2011.

Drowning men saved by a force,” Aug. 5, 2012.

Angels caught on video?,” May 15, 2012.

Near death, he saw towering Angels,” April 29, 2012.

The Miracle of the Sinking SUV,” April 15, 2012.

The Stranger in the Snow,” Nov. 20, 2011.

Saved by Angels on Highway 6,” August 7, 2011.

Two Angels,” November 18, 2010.

5 responses to “Angels & Saints

  1. Actually there isn’t reason to believe Tolkien meant that. Unlike other Christian fantasy writers such as C.S. Lewis, Tolkien didn’t use direct allegory in his writing and he would oppose the notion that something in LOTR “symbolizes” something else. He definitely has certain themes and messages in his book but they are less concrete than “this means this”

    Tolkien was a deeply religious man, but I don’t think LOTR can be regarded as a “religious” book any more than it can be said to promote the Norse and Germanic mythology that it draws from

    - Tolkien fan

    P.S. The Hobbit movie was AWESOME

    • Never said LOTR is a “religious” book. But JRR Tolkien was not just a deeply religious man, he was a devout Catholic who went to Mass every morning, even on weekdays. As for your assertion that nothing in LOTR “symbolizes” something else, read The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien and you’ll see that indeed Tolkien knew darn well what he meant: Gandalf is a Maiar, i.e., an angel of the rank of Archangel; and the elf bread lembas is the Eucharist.

      I do agree with you on one thing: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is a delight, though I wouldn’t call it “awesome.” I reserve that word for the transcendental.

  2. Fantastic post, and oh so relevant. What so quickly and easily comes to mind is the Ark of the Covenant. Though one could very easily post a video of the scene from Raiders of the Lost Ark (OK, I will do so, but it’s poor quality), it is, as it is written. And please note the 2.5 hour documentary on The Ark.

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